New Delhi: The mercury levels in Delhi is expected to touch 39 degrees Celsius in the next 48 hours, stated a forecast made by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Further, the IMD forecast stated Delhi will experience a spell of squall and dust storm on Friday. While the maximum temperature in the national capital stood at 35.3 degrees Celsius, which is two notches above the normal level, the minimum was recorded at 16.2 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, an active western disturbance is expected to increase the levels of moisture content present in the region. It will be backed by a dust storm and moderate squall by Friday, stated officials from the regional Meteorological department.

A report by Times of India quoted a Meteorological Department official as saying, “There will be a gradual rise in mercury and it can touch 39 degrees by Thursday. Parts of the city will see light to moderate rain with high wind speed as well.”  The official added that presently, the temperature of Delhi is above normal and it will stay around 38-39 degrees Celsius despite the rainfall. Thus the IMD noted that the temperature in Delhi will not be subject to a significant change in the maximum and minimum levels even after the rainfall.

Palam, a major suburb and residential colony in South West Delhi was recorded to be the hottest place with temperatures soaring to a maximum of 36.9 degrees Celsius and humidity levels oscillating between 24 per cent and 80 per cent in the last 24 hours, stated a report. Notably, Delhi’s air quality index remained in the ‘moderate’ category and is expected to deteriorate to ‘poor’ category by April 5 due to high moisture levels. According to IMD’s forecast for Wednesday, clear skies are expected in the day time and overcast conditions likely in the evening.